'BE1' WLSR contender 1991
When 12 years old, Nelson Kruschandl was given the Collins book: 'The Living World of Achievement', featuring the jet powered Bluebird car raced by Donald Campbell in 1964 on the cover. Inspired by the feats of Malcolm and Donald Campbell, Henry Seagrave and John Cobb, Nelson decided to build and race an electric car. He'd been helping Filching Manor Motor Museum to restore Sir Malcolm Campbell's boat, the Bluebird K3 and decided to christen his electric racing car the BE1.
BE1 en route to Olympia London
The BE1 was designed and built by Nelson to challenge Roger Hedlund's 174 mph record. Featuring 4 wheel drive and 200 hp DC synchronous motors, this was the first car to feature Nelson's patent cartridge refueling system codenamed 'Wolverine'. Weighing in at just 1,200lbs, the driver sat astride a central cartridge tunnel, motorcycle style, facing forward. With a drag of around .18 BE1 was thought to be capable of exceeding 200 mph. After 6 years development, the BE1 was retired when sponsors to the project asked the designer to start building the more powerful BE2 car.
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